25 June 2008

Barack Obama - Myths, Facts, and Obfuscating (Bloggers Beware)

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Is guilt by association fair? Many blogs and websites, including APRPEH have made an argument that Barry Obama's true feelings towards Jews and Israel can be measured by his associations. Undeniable facts about Obama, many of them posed as questions left unanswered or not answered in a credible or believeable fashion have formed the core of the No-Bama effort. These questions remain legitimate campaign issues and concerns. Obama DID indeed maintain a 20+ year relationship as a member of TUCC in the Jeremiah Wright flock, listening to what is undeniably anti-US and antiJew rhetoric only distancing himself when his crusade for the Presidency was jeopardized.

Who are Obama's friends and associates for which he should be measured? Let's take a closer look using easy to find world wide web references.

Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama Obama's special friend, Rashid Khalidi, former spokesman for the scumbag Yasir Arafat who held fundraisers for Obama, was honored with a speech by State Sen. Barack Obama in a 2003 going away party. Khalidi, according to the LA Times story is described as "internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.

Then there is Ali Abunimah, described in the same LA Times article as " a Palestinian rights activist in Chicago who helps run Electronic Intifada, and quoted as saying:

Abunimah quoted Obama as saying that he was sorry he wasn't talking more about the Palestinian cause, but that his primary campaign had constrained what he could say.

Now, lets add to the mix the Obama foreign policy advisors who have come and gone. I am not even sure I remember them all. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments:

Samantha Powers - NRO story

Joseph Cirincione - WND article

Robert Malley - Yid With Lid blog post
APRPEH post 1
APRPEH post 2

Merrill Tony McPeak - YNET article

Zbigniew Bzrezinski - American Thinker article
Ed Lasko at American Thinker adds:
The appointment of Brzezenski elicited much dismay among supporters of Israel since Brzezinski is well known for his aggressive dislike of Israel. . He has been an ardent foe of Israel for over three decades and newspaper files are littered with his screeds against Israel. Brzezinski has publicly defended the Walt-Mearsheimer thesis that the relationship between America and Israel is based not on shared values and common threats but is the product of Jewish pressure. Brzezinski also signed a letter demanding dialogue with Hamas-a group whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel and is filled with threats to Jews around the world.

Financial support from not very friendly to Israel, George Soros can be added to the equation as well even though Obama has attempted to distance himself from the billionaire contributer. If Obama really wants to distance himself from the tens of thousands of dollars contributed through Soros connections has he offered to return any recent donations and asked Soros and his Moveon.org friends to stop supporting his campaign?

Obama Rebuffs Soros

George Soros and Obama's veep

And while it is not necessarily Jewish related, how can we forget Syrian born friend Tony Rezko, former donor and fundraiser for Obama, convicted recently on corruption related charges. Tony Rezko - Wikipedia article.

Obama's relationship with terrorist and political indoctrination specialist William Ayers William Ayers wikipedia article along with former "Weatherman" and wife Bernadine Dorhn Bernadine Dorhn Wikipedia article is well documented and factual. WND backgrounder

additional references
Powerline Obama's Friends

APRPEH's previous Obama Articles

So what is the point of going through this exercise, re-hashing the well published reports you might ask? The Obama fans and possibly Obama campaign are behind an effort to obfuscate.
Can Obama fight Web-driven lies?

Snap Judgment: Have you read the latest Obama e-mail? Unbelievable!

ob·fus·cate (bf-skt, b-fskt)
tr.v. ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing, ob·fus·cates
1. To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: "A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth" Robert Conquest.
2. To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.

It is true that a considerable amount of email and internet garbage is floating around alleging all sorts of BS about Obama. It is also true that email based urban myth is one of the downsides of the electronic world. Our email boxes are flooded with Nigerian scam email, phishing, and urban myths begging the reader to perpetuate the falsity.

In fact, call it reverse guilt by association. It is with this understanding that the agenda of the Obama camp to label every blog post, every email, every warning about Obama as driven by crazies with a hate filled, anti-Muslim or racist agenda is underway. Some, they may say are just plain crazy. But all of them, all criticism is illegitimate (according to this strategy) because it is someone's opinion, not the truth - just another one of those "myths".

This policy must be confronted strongly and clearly. The list above is composed of undeniable fact. The effort to re-cast the past of Obama as something else, something different, something sweet and innocent is a fraud and should be called a fraud.

Obama cannot reasonably claim that he had no knowledge of the offensive, disgusting, and criminal aspects of his friends in the past as he cannot claim that he has no knowledge of our doesn't agree with the antiJew and anti-Israel opinions of his foreign policy team. If he really had no knowledge, he is the most ignorant man who has ever run for the Presidency.

Of course, some Obama staffer can just say all of this is campaign rhetoric and to take it as a grain of salt. Afterall, it IS the internet. Or readers and concerned, thoughtful Americans can expose the truth, continue writing to the newspapers, calling talk radio, writing blogs, responding to blogs and talking to their friends who may be on the fence. Freedom is not free and free speech is under assault by the Obama people, a telling foretaste of an Obama administration.

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Paulette from JTF.ORG said...

barack HUSSEIN obama is a DISASTER! G-d FORBID this man in the White House! I have been fighting this BEAST for over a year, and do audios on the JTF.ORG almost twice a week. I blasted Rabbis that are ACTUALLY VOTING OBAMA!!!! This is SICK! How could our people vote in our enemy??? HOW COULD THEY DO THIS?? My eyes have failed me with tears over what could happen in Israel just as bad as America. I feel hopeless against this machine. Shalom- Boker Tov- it sure is GOOD to find another site that is Conservative. Thank you so much. Shalom Alecheim.

Anonymous said...

i fail to understand how any American could have voted for Obama knowing what he stands for. He has ties to socialism, friends who are terrorists, and a pastor who hates whites and damns America.
The fact that he is black is not enough of a reason to vote for him. He obviously has an agenda and it's not equal rights for all Americans. God help us for the next four years.
If he gets assassinated, that will only make him a martyr like King. Anyone who opposses him is automatically racist. This is a no win situation.

Blog Writer said...

Dear Anonymous
Obama as a candidate was an enigma. He said many things over the course of the campaign and changed the detail of his positions many times. It became too difficult to track the changes in order to measure him. What he could not change however was his past. He never adequately answered for this nor was he effectively challenged by McCain.

Race is never a good reason for political support going in any direction. Exit polls show that more blacks voted in this election than in the previous election and the support for the democrat by this segment increased, implying that your conclusion is correct. Some blacks did vote for Obama specifically because of race.

I would observe and wager that those who voted based upon race would be critical of non-blacks voting because of race. Race, as it has played out in the electoral system has a mixed record in the US. I, for one expected a black American to be elected President during my life time, fully expecting that person to be a Republican. So in Obama winning the election, I am more surprised not by his skin color but at his radical past and leftist campaign promises.

I fully disagree with you that criticism of Obama will lead to charges of racism. (okay maybe initially but not long term) With Obama's election, those charges fall on deaf ears. The barrier has been broken. It is incumbent upon all freedom loving Americans who value liberty to speak openly, honestly, and without hesitation to stand up for what is right.

For America to prosper in the future, the doors to opportunity must be flung wide open. Obama wants to manage outcome, change the balanced playing field to meet guideposts that he sets, and permanently impact the social/government relationship with the citizenry. Americans will need to debate him on the merits of these policies both from a philosophical perspective and likelihood to succeed perspective.

This is the way out of the next four years. America cannot tolerate assassination talk. Obama must be watched, debated, countered, fought and even yelled at, in the political arena of ideas.

Americans are good people even after voting for Obama. I do not hold by what some have written that Americans are stupid. They are not. Americans are idealistic, a value which doesn't have an anchor any more than populism doesn't have an anchor. They can be swayed with good sounding ideas, not because they are stupid but because they are trusting.

What Words Offend Arabs? The Truth.

Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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